International Higher Education, the Boston College Center for International Higher Education, 9, Fall, pp 10-11, 1997. Until recently, perhaps the most compelling characteristic of higher education in Brazil has been its stasis. With an average of only 1.6 million enrolled students since the early 1980s - less than 10 percent of the available age cohort - Brazilian institutions of higher learning have failed to keep pace with the country's growing demand for an educated work force. (According to some estimates, Brazil needs to double its postsecondary student population in the next few years if future demand is to be met.) The inability of Brazil's secondary schools to produce a sufficient number of qualified university candidates is the primary reason for this stasis. Today, however, important reforms in basic and secondary education are being implemented to ameliorate this dilemma, and the number of students passing through the educational system is increasing rapidly. In the next several years, the impact of these changes on higher education will be tremendous.